[ fak-sim-uh-lee ]
/ fækˈsɪm ə li /


an exact copy, as of a book, painting, or manuscript.
Also called fax. Telecommunications.
  1. a method or device for transmitting documents, drawings, photographs, or the like, by means of radio or telephone for exact reproduction elsewhere.
  2. an image transmitted by such a method.

verb (used with object), fac·sim·i·led, fac·sim·i·le·ing.

to reproduce in facsimile; make a facsimile of.


Also fax. Telecommunications.
  1. (of an image) copied by means of facsimile: facsimile mail.
  2. (of a method or device) used to produce a facsimile: facsimile transmission.

Nearby words

  1. faconne,
  2. facp,
  3. facr,
  4. facs,
  5. facsim.,
  6. facsimile catalog,
  7. facsimile machine,
  8. facsimile transmission,
  9. facsm,
  10. fact

Origin of facsimile

1655–65; earlier fac simile make the like, equivalent to Latin fac (imperative of facere) + simile, noun use of neuter of similis like; see simile

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British Dictionary definitions for facsimile


/ (fækˈsɪmɪlɪ) /


  1. an exact copy or reproduction
  2. (as modifier)a facsimile publication
an image produced by facsimile transmission

verb -les, -leing or -led

(tr) to make an exact copy of

Word Origin for facsimile

C17: from Latin fac simile! make something like it!, from facere to make + similis similar, like

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Word Origin and History for facsimile



1660s, from Latin fac simile "make similar," from fac imperative of facere "to make" (see factitious) + simile, neuter of similis "like, similar" (see similar).

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